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How do brain teasers improve cognitive health in children?

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The way we engage and do things results from our cognitive abilities. They get based on the neuronal networks in our brain. When you stimulate these networks, you become adept at handling regular tasks and percept different concepts. You need cognitive skills to perform any activity, be it simple or complex. You acquire them like other life skills with practice and stimulation. The key is to challenge your brain while growing up.

This is where brain teasers help. They are known to exercise your brain to regulate its functioning. When children solve riddles or puzzles, they develop such skills faster. This prepares them for school years and makes them wise to complete tasks. Hence, challenging them with such games is a learning requirement. They help in developing essential cognitive skills like:


The lack of concentration is the main culprit that limits learning. Children naturally have a low attention span. They get curious about everything and move from one activity to another. This poses problems in their school years when they must focus on studying. By giving them puzzles and complex games, you keep them engrossed. The challenge of solving the riddle makes them attentive. 


Solving brain teasers for kids is all about recollection. Try countless times to get the correct answer. But at the same time, your previous efforts act as clues to reach the goal. Hence, it promotes short- and long-term memory. With continuous exposure to such activities, children understand the importance of retaining information. This comes in handy when they need to remember complex concepts. 

Visual processing

The best part about riddles is that they are interactive. They include texts and images to grab attention. This leads to developing the ability to process stimuli. For instance, the teasers may consist of activities to visualise sceneries, spot differences, complete a picture, etc. All these activities improve visual processing ability. Additionally, they encourage physical activity to get the answer. This creates spatial awareness.

Motor function

Our body is an enigma. The more you explore it, the more surprised you get. As adults, we get puzzled by the things our motor functions are capable of. Think about how this impacts children. That is what some riddles focus on. They encourage bodily coordination. For instance, puzzles instructing physical activities improve hand-eye coordination and motor skills.


A puzzle or riddle is based on the premise of solving a problem. You complete the task after putting the clues together. Hence, it automatically develops problem-solving in kids. The key is to encourage them to keep going until they find an answer. Get involved with them to make it exciting, like family board games.  



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